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Celtics center Robert Williams out at least three weeks with bone edema in left hip

2018 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 12: Robert Williams #44 of the Boston Celtics poses for a portrait during the 2018 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot at MSG Training Center on August 12, 2018 in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Boston’s strong play up front — even after Al Horford bolted last summer — has been one of the biggest surprises of the Celtics’ season and a key reason they are 17-7.

However, Boston is going to be without the “Time Lord” Robert Williams for a few weeks, the team announced on Monday.

Williams has a buildup of fluid around his hip bones (an edema), something usually caused by things such as a stress fracture in the bone or arthritis. The cure is rest.

Williams had already missed the last three Celtics’ games due to injury. He’s been a strong shot blocker and defensive player off the bench who is averaging 3.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game.

This will mean more minutes for Enes Kanter, Daniel Theis, and Grant Williams in the coming weeks, including Christmas Day against Toronto in a showcase game.